Best (Balayage-Inspired) Haircuts & Styling Tips

You’ve watched senior stylist Vanessa Fernandez turn three girls into effortlessly glamorous Butterfly babes… Now Vanessa gives her pointers for accentuating the sexy sweep of your highlights at each hair length with specific tips for polishing your at-home styling routine.

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The Crop (versatile, short haircut)

To style a fun crop as seen above on our bold balayage blonde, you can get a great look at home with an easy blow out…
• Use a dime-sized amount of Oribe “Creme for Style” and apply mid-shaft to ends after towel drying.
• The key to the right blow dry technique for this length is to use your hands. Follow the shape of your head to work through until dry, pushing the hair side to side and back and forth to create lift at the root.
• When dry, it’s time to have some fun by using a dime-sized amount of pomade. Try Oribe “Original Pomade” to create texture and put those piecey final touches on this playful look. It’s all about the little details!
bronde long layers

Long Layers (beachy, bombshell lengths)

• On towel-dried hair, apply 1/4 sized amount of a leave-in conditioner, such as Kerastase “Elixir Ultime Creme,” for easier styling and to protect ends from heat.
• Pre-dry the hair by rough drying with your blow dryer, making sure to remove about 75% of the excess moisture.
• Using the heat from the blow dryer and a small brush, create waves by twisting and turning the brush. Take 1″ vertical sections and continue all around the head, keeping in mind that all pieces should curl going away from the face.
• Shake out the sections when youre all done and apply a texturizing wave spray such as Après Beach by Oribe to emphasize the look.
natural highlights lob

Lob (easy and care-free mid-length style)

• Towel dry hair.
• Apply 1/4 sized amplifying gel serum with light hold, roots to ends.
• Use hands to pre-dry hair without heat.
• When hair is 90% dry, use the heat from the blowdryer and a small to medium brush to smooth out a few pieces here and there. You can even put some bend into it by twisting a few especially around the hairline and crown area to create movement.
• Shake and piece out your strands by using a small amount (approximately dime-size) of pomade like Oribe’s “Rough luxury.”

 

All before and after color by balayage expert Min Kim!

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